HOPPECKE Industrial Batteries has announced the appointment of three new senior sales executives as managing director Jon Bailey commits to continued growth in the UK. 

Steve Beeston joins the business as key account manager, UK and Europe, while Judith Merricks and Gareth McCorkell are appointed as account managers for the firm’s motive power division. The team is tasked with driving growth in sales and HOPPECKE’s customer base across the motive power sector in both OEM and direct sales business.

Beeston has previously worked for HOPPECKE. During seven years with the business, he started out in the workshop before moving into sales. During the past two years he has been making his mark in a senior sales role elsewhere in the industry.

Gareth McCorkell also began his career in a technical role with the company. Having worked as a field engineer for four years, this appointment recognises the value of his expertise with a promotion and a move into sales.

Judith Merricks worked at IBCS Ltd, most recently as sales account manager for the Midlands, where she capitalised on more than 16 years’ experience in dealing with blue chip companies and small businesses to build strong relationships with key decision makers. Prior to this she worked in business development roles in medical consumables and ran her own business for 10 years.

At HOPPECKE the new recruits will focus on strengthening the company’s core motive power business through strong partnerships and collaboration.  As well as exploring ways to enhance direct relationship with both OEMs and end users, they will take advantage of innovations in product technology and service support to drive growth. They will report directly to operations director, sales and service, Stuart Browne.

“These key appointments will help us to capitalise on our service growth which has doubled in just three years,” said Browne.  “We now need to leverage this success as new innovations come through in battery and charger technology, to ensure we cater for the surge in demand for electric power in the UK warehouse and logistics sector.”

Jon Bailey says: “In recent months we have continued to secure major contracts in both the rail and motive power sectors. The plan now is to ensure steady, sustainable growth supported by strong sales and service delivery.”

Partnering with Vivarail, HOPPECKE was instrumental in the launch of the UK’s first battery-powered passenger train, taking on the responsibility for designing and integrating batteries to power the Class 230 trains. HOPPECKE has also doubled its UK service business turnover in the last three years. This achievement is attributable in part to growth in the company’s battery and charger rental business.